Used Car Import Regulation in New Zealand

Import car form Japan to New Zealand IMPORT CAR FROM JAPAN TO NEW ZEALAND

Welcome to TokyoCarZ, here we will explain how to import car from Japan to New Zealand. There are a few steps for you, to get Access to All Japanese Cars AuctionsMotorcycle Auctions, and local dealer stock.  We totally understand your concerns and doubts about purchasing a car online. Don't worry we are professionals with huge experience.  Thanks to our wide and long-term partnership with transportations companies, shipping companies, and clearing agents all over the world, makes your purchase easy, fast, and safe. It's time for online car shopping!


In order to import car from Japan to New Zealand, vehicles must meet up technical requirements, with the emission standards described by the New Zealand government as per their class. Cars that meet these requirements mostly produced from 2006 onward.

To pass compliance in New Zealand following condition cars CAN NOT be imported to New Zealand:

- No vehicles with accident history are allowed

- Cars with tampered odometer are not allowed

- Cars with rust, corrosion, chassis damages on the body or frame are prohibited

- Vehicles with 2,000cc or higher engine capacity must have Electric Stability Control (ESC).

- Airbag recall must be done if applicable at an extra cost of JPY 15,000

- Vehicles must have 3 model codes. Ex. AAA, BBB, etc

- Vehicles with 2 model codes require a Special Permission Approvement for imports

- 20 years old or older vehicles do not require ESC and 3 model codes, but the other requirements remain

* - There is an exception for racing or non-road cars. Cars that will not be registered and use on public roads!  

Before import cars from Japan to New Zealand, it must pass JEVIC, Quarantine Service (MAF Biosecurity).

How To Buy Cars from Japanese Car Auction!

In order to start bidding and purchasing cars right away, you are required to make a deposit of 150,000JPY or the equivalent of 1,500 USD. This deposit will be added to your account and discounted from you when we send you the final invoice.

You can make your deposit via PAYPAL or Transfer to our Bank Account.

DEPOSIT SCHEDULE Based on a car price

Car Price                    |            Deposit Amount

0 - 1,000,000¥                            150,000¥

1,0 mil - 2,5¥ mil                         250,000¥

Over ¥2,500,000  – Please enquiry

Start browsing the auctions. Auctions run from Monday to Saturday and auction stock is constantly being updated. It’s best to check at least twice a day to make sure that you stay on top of what’s available.

Look at the auctions and send us the Auction Lot number of interesting units. We'll screen them and delete any problem cars. Good ones We'll translate the condition report into English and upload them to your account for bidding.


You can read over the reports and if you want to bid you enter your bid. Which is the maximum that you want to bid on the car. Our bidders will bid up to that amount if necessary.

If the car sells for less then you pay that lesser amount. If the bidding goes over your budget we stop and move onto your next target and you pay nothing.

Once you win an auction we pay for the car in full and issue you an invoice for the balance. As soon as we receive full payment, we will ship the car.

Company Fees – ¥120,000 (starting from) - covers auction costs, deregistration, Japan port clearance, photos, radiation check, sales tax, DHL, etc, and gets the car on the boat for the port of destination!


Company Fee Schedule

Car Price                    |  Company fee 

0 - 1,500,000¥               ¥120,000

1,5 - 2,000,000¥            ¥140,000

2,0 - 2,500,000¥            ¥160,000

2,5 - 3,000,000¥            ¥180,000

Over ¥3,000,000 – please enqiury

Import car from Japan to New Zealand: Ports, Costs, Tax & Duties!


Ro-Ro Shipping available to Auckland, Dunedin, Lyttleton, Tauranga, Wellington, Nelson ports


Ro-Ro Shipping COST in NZD

 Car Size               |  MVTR Holder  |   Individual

Under 20m3         1300.00            1,550.00 

Over 20m3               ASK                   ASK      

Heat Treatment     225.00              225.00

* - shipping & heat treatment costs paid to the shipping company directly in New Zealand, upon a car arrival.

Tax & Duties

The GST (Good and Service Tax) is based on invoice value (the total cost CIF)

MVTR Holder Dealer  |    Individual

     15%                                          15%           


For more information NZ Transport Agency    

Calculation Example 

Let's say you bought a car for ¥1,000,000 (about 14500 NZD) and want to ship to Auckland port, New Zealand.

Your invoice would look as follows:    

Details            | in JPY         |  in NZD

Car price          1,000,000               

Commission   120,000                      

In Total             1,120,000       16,230     

Ro-Ro Freight                            1,550  

Heat Treatment                         225,0 

In Total                                      18,005 

18005 x 15% (The GST) = 2,700 NZD  

The Total cost:  20,7005 NZD

Other Costs

Accident cars - for Nonrunning car, None Drivable cars 30,000 JPY - 70,000 JPY extra inland transportation cost may apply.       

Negotiation fee  - 10,000 JPY;  During the auction, a car may unsold. But there is still a chance to buy it via Negotiation. By the end of the actual auction day, we can apply for negotiation to any unsold car. No matter you BID on it or no.   

Cancellation fee - 80,000 JPY  ( If you Won a car in the auction, you can cancel it within 1 hour); We CAN NOT cancel Cars bought via Negotiation or from Tender auctions!

Resell at the auction - will cost about 150,000 JPY  (auction fee, inland cost, paperwork, etc) depends on car condition, location, etc;

Late Payment - in 5 days after purchase you need to pay out the outstanding balance.  10,000 JPY will be charged weekly for late payment. 

Lowered Down Cars - cars with lowered suspensions, low height for e.g. sports cars etc. May be extra inland transportation charged

Oversized vehicles -  Trucks, Bus, etc. 30,000 JPY on top of FOB may apply;             



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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why do I need to deposit money and is it refundable?

- This deposit gives you full access to all the auctions and it is refundable at any time before you actually buy a car.

2.Can I cancel my bid?

- Yes, you can. Before 2 hours from the actual time. You will not incur any penalty.

3.What if I cancel my purchase?

- There will be a penalty equivalent to your deposit.

4.How can I make payments?

- There are two options for making payments: Bank Telegraphic Transfer, and PayPal System